Many women struggle with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, ranging from mildly inconvenient to severely debilitating. For some women, morning sickness lasts all day and for all nine months of pregnancy and for others, morning sickness is limited to the first trimester and only once in awhile.
Whatever your situation, here are a few tips to help you manage morning sickness during pregnancy:
Many women report a reduction in nausea and vomiting by increasing their consumption of protein to around 80-90 grams a day. While that seems like a lot, some creative meal and snack planning can help you achieve adequate protein intake each day. Sine the body doesn’t store protein the way it does other things, it’s important to continue to get 80-90 grams each day. Read more about protein in pregnancy HERE.
Many women find ginger to be helpful with any kind of nausea, even that caused by pregnancy. Scientists think that it works by stabilizing digestive function and keeping your blood pressure consistent. Try drinking ginger in a spicy tea, snacking on a ginger cookie, sucking on a small ginger candies, or even consuming ginger in pill form.
Staying properly hydrated is often hard even when you’re not pregnant. But during pregnancy, when the strains on your body are even more extreme, staying hydrated is especially important. Carry a water bottle around with you everywhere you go and sip all day long on water. Try to keep you fluid intake as healthy, natural, and as close to water as possible to help encourage good hydration.
We’re not talking heavy weight lifting or high-impact cardio workouts here. Simply taking a walk can help reduce morning sickness by regulating your body’s systems and releasing endorphins that counteract fatigue and nausea. Choose exercises that are low-impact, like walking, swimming, or yoga, to help increase your body’s ability to fight morning sickness.
If these at-home morning sickness remedies just aren’t cutting it, it might be time to talk to your care provider about other options, like vitamin B6 and unisom, or other medication options.